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Reviewed July 23, 2013

After a great day with the manatees we went back scalloping the next day. On day two we had Capt. Sean, he is born and raised in Crtstal River and was an amazing tour guide on the ride out to the scallops. After a rough start for three first timers he showed us what look for and we almost limited out. Can't wait to go back and do it again.

Thank Mark M
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Capt. Mike was OUTSTANDING! My wife, son and I had an amazing time, saw five manatees and were able a pet one. Lots of fun I would highly recommend it to anyone. Easy safe and lots of fun.

Thank Mark M
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

Captain Mike & River Ventures were awesome!

I'm a long-time FL resident and have become somewhat jaded with Florida attractions, but the manatee swim in Crystal River was well worth the modest expense. We got very lucky by finding a mama manatee and her baby in some clear water and had a great encounter. I understand this is rare for the summer, so we felt very fortunate. Very professional staff at River Ventures and they were extremely well-equipped. Captain Mike was experienced, educational, & entertaining. Had a terrific time.

Highly recommended.

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Reviewed July 16, 2013

We had an incredible time with Captain Donovan. As he said, summer means fewer manatees in the bay (40-60 vs. 100s in the winter), but the manatees that are around are more active (especially the calves) and especially friendly and curious toward humans. The River Ventures folks will try to talk you into the earlier trip, and perhaps more often than not that's good advice, but our 9:15 trip was amazing, swimming with three very friendly calves and their mommas. These manatees are wild and free but choose to be in this bay and make contact with humans. It is a privilege to meet them on their turf, in the company of a captain who understands, respects, and connects with them! By the way, River Ventures does a great job of education and has a small but wonderful gift shop with great shirts and other manatee souvenirs that our family could not resist, even after nearly two weeks of Florida travel.

Thank Jim J
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Seven family members had our own private tour with Captain Steve. Who was an awesome guide, very knowledgeable. The wet suits kept you comfortable in the cold water and helped you to float. There were noodles in case you are not a good swimmer. They provide water to drink. We were out about 3 hours.

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